Orlando Julius, Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer, lived for his art

Sanya Osha, University of Cape Town Orlando Julius (Orlando Julius Aremu Olusanya Ekemode), who passed on 15 April 2022, lived the sort of life many had hoped fellow Afrobeat star Fela Kuti would. Julius was well-mannered, well-spoken and cultivated a reputation mostly devoid of raucousness and pyrotechnics. Born in 1943 at Ikole-Ekiti, south west Nigeria, his first major musical experience as a boy was serving … Continue reading Orlando Julius, Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer, lived for his art

The daughters and sons of Fela in African Pop

(Featured Image – The cast of Fela! performs during the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in 2010 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Getty Images)  Garhe Osiebe, Rhodes University Decades after his death, Fela Kuti, Nigeria’s most famous musician continues to live on through his art. Afrobeat, a genre he pioneered, has transcended generations after him, existing in varying forms. Contemporary African … Continue reading The daughters and sons of Fela in African Pop